Opera Centre and Hanging Gardens are council priority

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An artist's impression of what Arthur's Quay Park will look like under  the Limerick 2030 plan
An artist’s impression of what Arthur’s Quay Park will look like under the Limerick 2030 plan

LIMERICK City and County Council is currently working on the development of seven strategic sites as part of the Limerick 2030 masterplan, local authority CEO Conn Murray told a meeting of 100 local businesspeople this week.

At the meeting held on Tuesday to update city businesses on the economic and spatial plan, the council revealed that it had acquired the Cleeves site in full earlier that day, and that the Hanging Gardens site has gone to tender with construction expected to begin at the end of the year.

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The meeting also heard that the Opera Centre has received seven serious expressions of interest and the 18-month timeline is on target, and that work on Colbert Station is to commence this month.

The council revealed that the 200-acre Mungret College site is “being viewed as Limerick’s Phoenix Park and a plan should be before council before year end”.

In addition, Mr Murray stated that an announcement on the plans for Ardmore Studios to lease the former Dell building in Plassey is due in three weeks.

Local businesspeople were also told that the controversial footbridge over the Shannon “is still worth considering based on Failte Ireland’s recommendations and feasibility studies but more funding is required”.

Dr James Ring, Limerick Chamber CEO, announced on the night that the Chamber has teamed up with the council to help Limerick achieve its purple flag, which aims to address the city’s nighttime economy.